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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

SAFETY AT SEA SEMINAR! The Mariners Museum in Newport News, VA in conjunction with Landfall Navigation of CT, has announced their annual Safety at Sea Seminar. The program, in it's 9th year, is a day long seminar covering topics which include emergency communications, first aid and presentations by the Virginia Pilots, National Weather Service and US Coast Coast Guard. Highlights of the program include a hands-on marine flares demo and liferaft inflation. Attendees will receive the US Sailing Coastal Safety at Sea certification. While other Safety at Sea programs have been directed primarily towards sailing, and in particular offshore sail racers, this program has always had a broader focus on all recreational and even commercial boaters in Hampton Roads/Chesapeake Bay. For more information and to register go to: Safety at Sea - The Mariners' Museum and Park
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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Well, the weather hit 65 degrees yesterday. It gave me a chance to finish the wiring harness in the mast! I ran it through succesfully (second time's the charm - a few through bolts made things difficult), and it started raining before I could finish attaching the lights. Hopefully on the next warm day, I'll have an anchor light, steaming light, and even a deck light!
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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Sunny and high in the 60s in Charleston today. We are going to pull the sails today for inspect/repair/clean at the North Sails sail loft at Charleston City Marina. I hope to get some sailing in with some decent weather in February. I expect they'll suggest ordering new sails soon.

We are looking at heading south again in fall 2018 and continuing through the Bahamas and Caribbean spring 2019. I'm going to go with a 100% foresail for the big Caribbean winds and save our 140% genoa for light air areas. Not many options for our furling main since vertical battens are a mess with this mast. Likely all in heavy cruising cloth that is not prone to mildew. The current sails are Neil Pryde. We've had good results with Quantum in St. Thomas, but that has a lot to do with the sail maker.

Anyone have any favorite sail makers?

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I got a new 130 roller furling genoa and a new loose footed main with dutchman in July from Ullmann in Annapolis. They came to Cambridge did all the measuring and install and i am very happy. This was my first set of new sails ever. Wow what a difference.
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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Visited Haleakula in her slip today . Temp was 52 almost seemed balmy though the wTer temp is 33 with small ice floes. Bubbler working great.
Turned on the ceramic heater and the salon was cozy in 10 minutes or so despite the hatches being open.

Custom canvas for winter has seen better days. It’s lasted at least 15 years but is thin in spots now. Does a great job of protecting her from and water pooling, freezing and it breathes as we leave the bow end open/ and stern so no greenhouse heating of th3 cabin.

Batteries were perfect, not a big worry as AGM don’t really discharge much.

Replaced 3 mast collar blocks ( 32 year old Schaefer’s) with 72 Lewmar Synchros. Theses blocks attach on the perferrated anodized mast collar and the spinnaker , main, and jib halyards run through them.....a deck organizer .....line clutch then to the cockpit. All our lines are organized back to the cockpit. Includes reefing and ez jacks.

Next I replaced the mainsheet blocks and line. Went from 4:1 32 year old Schaefer to a 6:1 Lewmar HTX 60 mm and 1/2 “ Sta Set . Should make adjusting the main much easier. Found all these on sale over the winter at various times including the stay set .

Decided on the new jib today also. Quantum triradial Dimension-Polyant High Aspect seems to fit our type of sailing the best. Good upwind sail. Triple stitched . We went with a 135 as we have a 155 for the dog days of August / July. We have no problem being out in 35 knots so we wanted a sail we could reef down to 110 without killing its shape . The prices were all within $400 of each other ( north, ullman, Doyle, bacon, linthicon. Quantum’s customer service is exceptional, plus they fit the sail as well as check back after a year. Also like the QuAntum reenforcement clew and attachment points over the others. My seamstress ( Donna) very impressed with that aspect pluus our relatively new Quantum mail is well made. Since I bought the new sail, they unannounced didn’t charge me to have the main cleaned this year. I had taken it in after the season in December.

Donna’s finished the new dinghy cover and has started cutting fabric for our new bimini. Reading in another thread about someone sailing without one. I’m too old to bake like that. Ours is designed with windows so you can see the sail.

54 days till sailing season😁
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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Finally some acceptable temperatures have combined with an acceptable amount of free time to lurch ahead with my cabin sole project.

During the cold periods, I did get down to the boat to develop the final fit. I cut the excess width from the starboard sole piece, epoxied the edge trim on and planed and planed until everything fit to as close a tolerance as I could arrange, while allowing the wood to breathe and bind up the bilge boards.

I bought bronze screws that were too short. I bought some temporary screws of the proper length and proceeded to drill the holes to attach the sole to the floors. Once I had completed all of the attachment points, I walked around the sole to ensure that it felt solid underfoot with no flexing or shifting. A little more planing and trimming ensued.

Finally, I brought it all home and I've commenced varnishing. It's not cosmetically perfect. If I later decide that I just can't stand the imperfections, I can carefully rip the edge trim off with a saw, and trim it all over again, until the fit is more perfect. So far, my friends and spouse think it looks great, so I hope that this is just a case of me knowing where all the imperfections are.

I think this will end up being like Poe's "Telltale Heart" where one day, I just snap and begin ripping up the sole while my friends and police watch in horror.

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Finally some acceptable temperatures have combined with an acceptable amount of free time to lurch ahead with my cabin sole project.

During the cold periods, I did get down to the boat to develop the final fit. I cut the excess width from the starboard sole piece, epoxied the edge trim on and planed and planed until everything fit to as close a tolerance as I could arrange, while allowing the wood to breathe and bind up the bilge boards.

I bought bronze screws that were too short. I bought some temporary screws of the proper length and proceeded to drill the holes to attach the sole to the floors. Once I had completed all of the attachment points, I walked around the sole to ensure that it felt solid underfoot with no flexing or shifting. A little more planing and trimming ensued.

Finally, I brought it all home and I've commenced varnishing. It's not cosmetically perfect. If I later decide that I just can't stand the imperfections, I can carefully rip the edge trim off with a saw, and trim it all over again, until the fit is more perfect. So far, my friends and spouse think it looks great, so I hope that this is just a case of me knowing where all the imperfections are.

I think this will end up being like Poe's "Telltale Heart" where one day, I just snap and begin ripping up the sole while my friends and police watch in horror.
Good deal.

Looked at our sole yesterday. I think the hardest phase for me will be matching the gradual tapering at the edge.


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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Thanks for the tip Jim_W and chef2sail. Neil Pryde is the OEM and their quote is okay. They recommended a 105% genoa for the Caribbean with a heavy cloth and extra reinforcement. I'll give Ullman and Quantum a call. I have had good luck with the Quantum loft on St. Thomas. Hopefully the sails will come back from North with a repair and a report that lets me use them the rest of the winter and spring.

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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Well sports fans, I made some rash decisions today. My lung condition has worsened by a significant degree, I'm once again on prednisone, a drug that I hate, and when spring rolls around I intend to fix all the stuff that needs fixing on the boat, then put the damned sails up, point the bow south, take my crazy, adopted daughter with me and just sail until I don't feel like sailing anymore. I'll stock the boat with food and booze, and probably buy a new genset, a Honda 2001i, and head south for a while, maybe cruise to southern SC, then head north up the coast to the mouth of Delaware Bay before heading home to Perryville, MD. What the Hell, I have nothing to loose.

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Go, Gary. There's no law that says you have to spend your time in bed, pondering what might have been.
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